Eligibility checker to help West Wales businesses amid Omicron spread

Businesses across Wales can now know how much they can expect to receive in financial support from the Welsh government, amid the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said £ 120million would be available for retail businesses, hospitals, leisure and tourism in Wales, with the move to alert level two Wednesday, December 22.

Companies can apply for grants between £ 2,500 and £ 25,000, with grants depending on the size of the company and the number of employees.

An eligibility checker is available on the Business Wales website, with the package including funding from the Economic Resilience Fund.

Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism will also receive support from the non-domestic tariff subsidy to be administered by local authorities.

Companies will be entitled to a payment of £ 2,000, £ 4,000 or £ 6,000 depending on their assessed value.

Local authorities will also operate a discretionary fund for independent traders, freelancers, taxi drivers and businesses that employ people but do not pay professional rates.

The application window will open the week of January 17 and will be open for two weeks.

Virginia C. Taylor